I tried another banana Pinterest recipe and here’s what happened

So many Pinterest recipes, so little time. I am a compulsive “pinner” and I will often do it to kill time when waiting for an appointment or sitting in the airport, etc.  I have tried a few recipes from Pinterest and have had mixed results. I tried peanut butter banana “overnight oats” and absolutely hated it. The texture was a deal breaker for me. Too soft, soggy, and creamy. Yes, I could have added crunchy stuff to it, but then it would not have been very healthy. Anyway, I also tried a recipe for peanut butter oatmeal banana breakfast bars and one  for banana oatmeal blender muffins and both of those recipes were pretty tasty. In all honesty, however, these recipes are kind of masquerading as healthy when in reality a breakfast bar is a breakfast bar and a muffin is a muffin. Whole fruits and vegetables and lean protein will always be healthier than baked goods. (BOO I SAY!) That being said, I have already made it clear that I will not give up enjoying the food that I eat. Sometimes you just need to have a full on ice cream sundae. Sometimes you just need a slice (or two) of legitimate pizza. The emphasis being on the word sometimes. My grandfather is turning 96 in a few weeks and still lives by himself and even drives (only in his neighborhood). He lives by the adage “everything in moderation.” I think Clarence is onto something there.

grandpa

Here my grandfather and I are together getting ready to dance at my wedding in July 2015.

I share this because I feel like moderation is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The recipe I just tried this afternoon is the 3 ingredient “ice cream” with frozen bananas, peanut butter and cocoa powder. I tried it skeptically as I have already gone down that same road with avocado mousse and black bean muffins. The ice cream actually turned out well! However, I would probably advise just making half of it as I’m not sure how it’s going to keep in the freezer. I would not want to eat all of it at once, because it is still around 400 calories. Yes, 400 calories of banana and peanut butter and cocoa powder is better than 400 calories of processed ingredients in store bought ice cream, but for me that is too many calories to spend on a snack or a dessert. (Yes, I count calories, and yes it works for me.)

So, the recipe calls for 2 frozen bananas, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder. I started by putting it in a food processor, but that did not turn out well. I ended up needing to put it in a blender. I forgot to take a picture of the finished product, but it was definitely tasty!

 

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